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  1. Sentence Coordinates

    Do Word Coordinates, using words (out of sequence) that will make a sentence. Have each student that jumps to a word to stay by the word. Ask the class to determine the sequence that will make a sentence. Everyone...

  2. Word Coordinates

    This combines math and literacy. Make two sets of index cards with the numbers 1-10. (Each set should be a different color.) Stand at the bottom left corner of the grid. Explain the concept of coordinates (“across” and “up”)...

  3. “Skip Counting” by 3’s and 4’s

    This is a progression of “Skip Counting” by 2’s and 5’s because the rows of 10 are not multiples of either 3 or 4. You need to explain to the students that there will be leftover numbers at the...

  4. “Skip Counting” by 2’s and 5’s

    Have students on the left side of the mat. Tell the student by row 1 that he/she will be stepping on each word in the row, saying either “one” or “two” all the way across. Direct the student as...

  5. The Dice Have It

    This is a variation on “The Tens Have It.” Distribute word cards to a few students and ask them to identify and then jump to their words. Ask another student to roll a die while a different student calls...

  6. The Tens Have It

    Write +10, -10, +20, and -20 on index cards. Toss a beanbag towards the center of the mat . Have a student travel to it and then clap 3x while saying the word. Pull one of the cards and...

  7. Race to the Start

    Same as “Race to the Finish” but starting at “Find” and traveling to the top of the mat. Additional variation: Students may walk backward instead of Forward.

  8. Race to the Finish

    Two students line up at “I”. The first student rolls a 12-sided die and takes that number of steps. The student does something with the word he/she lands on: e.g., says it 3x while clapping or spells it while...

  9. Simon Says

    Play the game “Simon Says,” using instructions appropriate to the grade level. For younger students, you might say, “Stand on a word that begins with the letter _____” or “Stand on a word that has a short vowel sound.”...

  10. Syllables

    Can you find a word with 2 syllables? Jump to that word and think of a non-locomotor movement (e.g., bounce, kick, lunge, swing, twist, etc.) to represent the syllables. Lead the class in doing that movement once for each...